For the second time in the space of a month, Brentford were on the wrong end of a five-goal spectacular against Gary O’Neil’s Wolves, who came away from the Gtech Community Stadium with a 1-1 FA Cup draw on January 5 after previously storming to a 4-1 top-flight
beating just after Christmas.The Bees were on the path to redemption when Nathan Collins struck against his former club, only for Nelson Semedo to respond before the half-time break, and Brentford were also pegged back by Nathan Fraser after Neal Maupay had restored their slender advantage.The net would ripple
once more in the additional 30 minutes, but gut-wrenchingly for the Gtech faithful, it came via the boot of Matheus Cunha, whose 110th-minute effort allowed Wolves to set up a Black Country derby with West Bromwich Albion and extend the Bees’ morale-sapping streak without
success.Seven successive matches – six of which have ended in defeat – have now come and gone without Brentford managing to emerge triumphant, and having had their wings clipped, the Bees are dancing with the
relegation devil in 16th place, three points clear of the drop zone with a game in hand on Luton Town.Each of Brentford’s last five Premier League matches have now seen the Bees pick up zero points – their longest losing streak in
the top tier since their return to the big time in 2021 – but smiles will be etched across the faces of the home fans either way this weekend, as Thomas Frank welcomes his leading number nine back to top-flight duty.
While Brentford were undone by a 110th-minute goal against Wolves, Wood coincidentally bagged the all-important Forest winner with 110 minutes on the clock, thus propelling Santo’s side to a third win from four games as the new manager bounce continues to shine through.
Unforeseen Premier League successes over Newcastle United and Manchester United means that Forest sit one place and one point better off than Brentford in 15th spot – albeit having played an extra match – and the Tricky Trees have only partaken in exciting, goal-laden affairs under the Portuguese coach so far.
Indeed, Forest have scored at least twice in all five of their opening fixtures with Santo at the helm – albeit while failing to keep a single clean sheet and letting eight strikes fly past them – and the Reds have failed to win any of their three Premier League fixtures with Brentford to date.